Friday, May 13, 2022

Review: What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong

What They Don't Know
by Susan Furlong

Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Pages: 286
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A picture-perfect suburban life fractures . . . and a darker reality bubbles beneath the surface.

Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night.

But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd and runs away from home, her blissful suburban world begins to unravel. She tells her friends that boys will be boys, that he’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry . . . but deep down she knows there’s something else going on.

Then the police show up at Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead in their quiet town, and her missing son is the prime suspect.

Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona follows an increasingly cryptic trail of clues on social media, uncovering a sinister side of suburbia and unveiling lies and betrayal from those she trusted most. And as Mona spirals further from her once cozy reality, a devastating revelation shatters everything she thought she knew. Now the only thing she’s sure of is that she can’t trust anyone . . . not even herself.

Kritters Thoughts:  Mona Ellison thought she was in the season of life where she could coast, life should be just smooth sailing, but life is unpredictable, especially when you have kids.  

I have read a few books where you see a parent go to great lengths for a kid and this one can be added to that sub sub genre!  As with all my reviews of mystery/thrillers, I keep them short as to not spoil a thing, but I rate them by the outcome and while there were some definite twists and turns - I am completely satisfied with the outcome.  

My first Susan Furlong read and will not be my last!  I was excited to learn after finishing this one that she has a backlist - I just don't know where to go next.  What should I read next of hers if this one satisfied that mystery/thriller reading itch.  

I would call this book a reading rut buster!  With many personal things going on, I have struggled to read recently and this book kept me flipping pages in my kindle for hours without moving a muscle and got me back on the reading wagon!  A suspense that is perfect for any season, but one I enjoyed over a rainy weekend!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 39 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Fantastic review!! I read and LOVED it! I felt the same way - I check out all her books and put every one on my wish list! LOL

  2. Thank you for taking time to read and review. I appreciate it!

  3. Thanks for taking time to read and review. Much appreciated!


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